Relying on God

It started last night.  The sniffles, chills, achy, exhausted feeling.  It continued into today, despite sleeping in and taking a three hour nap.  Ear ache, headache and really sore throat.  Sure, my seminary face-to-face classes are done, but I’m supposed to speak tomorrow at a women’s event.  It’s something that’s been planned since last fall.  And I’m thrilled to have the opportunity.

But I feel awful.

We all say we rely on God.  I claim to live and operate according to His strength, and for some of my life, it’s true.  But there are also many times when I operate in my own strength and my own ability, relying solely on myself.  But tomorrow my strength will fail me.  Even my abilities will be overshadowed by my illness.  So I will only have God to rely on.  He is my strength.  He is my shield.  He is my rock.  It is in Him that I put my trust.

So, fully relying on Him, I look forward to tomorrow night’s event.  There is something exciting about such trust and reliance.  And in the meantime, I think I’ll get a few extra hours of sleep to temper my awful throat!

You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
—Isaiah 26:3-4